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Again in Kathmandu

Tereza Nogueira, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and senior supervisor for ‘Child in Time’, writes to us from Kathmandu, Nepal where she’s returned as a volunteer with Unity in Health

After volunteering for the first time this year (see previous blog posts), I have come back to Nepal earlier that I ever thought I would.
It is amazing how perspectives can change as we get used to things. I arrived in Kathmandu by myself last Saturday. I was picked up from the airport by the Unity in Health country representative who is one of the kindest people I’ve met here in Nepal.
As she drove through the city I suddenly felt it was so beautiful. The weather was very pleasant. The air much clearer than before. I could see the mountains which were covered by a dense fog last April. Unlike the last apocalyptic view I saw last time I was here, now Kathmandu felt so normal and organised to me. 
On Sunday morning we went for a meeting at Chora Chori which is a UK registered charity that is confronting violence against children in Nepal, including rape, managing trauma and bringing child rapist to justice. Chora Chori is the Nepali word for children. If you want to know more please visit their website.
www.unityinhealth.orga charity promoting mental health training in Nepal this time allocated me to Chora Chori to conduct a workshop with their staff about trauma. We discussed trauma and the brain. It was very rewarding to share the knowledge I have about it with people who have never thought about the impact of traumatic experience in the brain before. The way the staff engaged and the feedback we have received made every bit of the effort we have made to be here worthwhile. The director of this charity said he felt like a student back to University learning something so fundamental to understanding trauma. 


The Counselling provision at our school is now excellent. This is due to Chloe’s understanding of the needs of pupils, parents and the school as an organization. I would whole-heartedly recommend ‘Child in Time’ to head-teachers considering their own counselling provision.

Head-teacher of Woolmore School, Tower Hamlets

Parent Consultation: They have become much better at expressing their feelings and opening up to me and their siblings.

Parent, 2023

School Counselling: My son has completely turned around and is simply wonderful at the moment. He is back to his normal self at home, being very happy, caring and kind. He is especial kind and caring with his sister and just the best brother ever now. As a family, we are happy and content.

Parent, 2023

It is quality time well spent not letting pupils leave with negative patterns that make them vulnerable beyond school. One of the best decisions I have made.

Head-teacher of St Saviour’s School, Tower Hamlets

You have helped me build a barrier of protection against pain and I can’t thank you enough for that…I have never felt so emotionally strong.

Student, aged 15

Child in Time is a tremendous resource for head-teachers. It’s a consultancy that offers a short-cut to setting up a counselling service in your school with highly trained, qualified practitioners. Child in Time brings peace of mind to staff, knowing that the most vulnerable students are in safe hands.

Tereza Nogueira, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Senior supervisor UKCP

This intervention has had an enormous, positive impact for us all and we sincerely hope that other families benefit from the same programme…his positive behaviour is having a really good impact on all elements of his school life.

Parent of child, age 8

I am glad I am coming to see you every Thursday because I used to hold all these things in my head and that was hard.

Girl, age 10

We are very happy with the counselling service we are receiving and in particular ‘our therapist’s’ flexible and accommodating nature. Parents are very pleased, both the target children’s parents and the consultation one’s too.

SENCO, Rhodes Avenue School, Haringey

She is an outstanding therapist who has made a real difference to the lives of pupils in our school. ‘Our therapist’ possesses excellent skills in connecting with others, creating a safe space for staff, parents and pupils to discuss a range of issues. Her expertise, compassion, and dedication are truly commendable and we have really benefited from her thorough understanding of child development and psychology.

Deputy Head, Highgate Pre-Prep

I want to say thank you. I found these sessions very very helpful. I could talk about anything with you. I remember our first one, when I was so worried that everything was my fault. I can now see things more clearly.

student, age 11